The Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission has fixed the price of a 12 kg cylinder, the most popular form of selling gas for January at Tk 1,232. But Retailers are using a shortage of supply and an out-of-date pricing strategy as an excuse for not adhering to the fixed price of bottled liquified petroleum gas. LPG is not available to consumers at that cost. 12 kg LPG cylinders are retailing for Tk 1,500 to Tk 1,750 in different areas of Dhaka city. The middlemen as well as BERC’s unsuitable pricing methodology were criticized by the importers and distributors for the higher price. They are unable to open letters of credit, which caused a disruption in the supply chain, and the intermediaries took advantage of the circumstance. However, selling LPG at the BERC-set price is not feasible.
BERC’s pricing procedure has several issues. They promised to convene a new public hearing to develop a new formula, but they haven’t done so. In the meantime, LPG prices rose in February on the global market.LPG price was initiated by BERC in August 2020. After the government decided in 2020 not to supply new gas connections to houses, the LPG market exploded. About 14.28 lakh metric tonnes of LPG are consumed annually in Bangladesh, 84 percent of which is consumed by households.29 private corporations control nearly 99 percent of the market.
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